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More Uintah Basin Voices Sought for Utah Energy United Initiative

The Utah Petroleum Association is turning to residents in the Uintah Basin asking for support of their Utah Energy United initiative as a way to stand against the open-ended moratorium on federal oil and natural gas leasing. UPA is specifically asking those in Uintah Basin communities to join their coalition by visiting their website, filling out a contact information form, and choosing how to participate.

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Ute Indian Tribe Work to Expand Economic Development Opportunities

The Ute Indian Tribal Business Committee announced this week that it has engaged Aquila Cubed Consulting, LLC, to assist the Ute Indian Tribe with further development of its 2.5 GHz spectrum license, which was issued by the FCC under the FCC’s Tribal Priority Window last October.

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‘Ladies Night Out Vernal’ Fundraiser to Battle Child Trafficking; Buy Raffle Tickets Now!

‘Ladies Night Out Vernal’ is back and going on right now! Everyone was disappointed when the 2020 event had to be cancelled and while the 2021 event is different from years past, all involved are just excited to be back raising money in the battle against child trafficking worldwide. So what’s different and how does it work?

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Taylor Mountain Road Closed After 2nd Magnesium Chloride Treatment Needed

Executing road projects takes careful planning but there’s not much you can do when Mother Nature doesn't cooperate. Last week, Taylor Mountain Road (Forest Service Road 044) was treated with Magnesium Chloride in preparation for the summer season. Magnesium Chloride bonds the road surface and reduces dust and loose gravel on the roadway.

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Public Input Needed on DWR Proposed Changes to 2021 Waterfowl Hunts

The Utah Division of Wildlife Resources is recommending changes to waterfowl hunting, including changes specific to the Uintah Basin, and public comment is welcome. The changes were based on HB 295 that was passed during the 2021 legislative session which prohibits commercial hunting guides and outfitters from using DWR-owned waterfowl management areas without a permit.

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TriCounty Health Update on COVID-19

TriCounty Health Officer Kirk Benge visited the Eagle Country KLCY studio on Tuesday with a local update on COVID-19. As of May 4th, the health district has 105 active COVID-19 cases. To date, there are 3,872 recovered cases, 290 hospitalizations and 36 COVID-19 deaths.

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Vernal Downtown Plan Design Workshop Happening Today and Tomorrow

Make time to stop in at a special event as part of the Vernal Downtown planning effort now underway. The special two day "Vernal Downtown Plan Design Workshop" is being held today and tomorrow in the Community Room at Vernal City Hall.

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UBTech Takes Home 16 Medals at 2021 SkillsUSA Contest

Once again UBTech students have proven their skills during the SkillsUSA contest, taking home 16 medals in this year’s unique contest. “Over half of the total students who competed medaled. What a huge accomplishment!” said UBTech President Aaron Weight.

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Farmers Feeding Utah Coming to Duchesne County

An amazing program is coming to the Uintah Basin for the second time. Farmers Feeding Utah will be in Duchesne County on May 19th for their next food distribution. The event is taking place at Centennial Park from 5:30 - 7:30pmd to pick up some farm fresh food from Utah's farmers and ranchers.

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Ashley National Forest Announcement

Ashley National Forest has announced that the Taylor Mountain Road is now open to Kaler Hollow and Iron Springs. There are still some spots with snow and roads may be soft. You can take Forest Service Road 044 up Taylor Mountain to Kaler Hollow then Forest Service Road 018 over to Iron Springs and eventually Highway 191.

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DWR: What To Do If You Find A Baby Bird On The Ground

What should you do if you find a baby bird on the ground? The DWR has the answer. Many birds are hatching and often leave their nests before they are able to fly. Some may also be blown out of nests during spring thunderstorms. “They usually chirp and call from the nest, waiting for their parents to bring food to them,” said Blair Stringham, Utah Division of Wildlife Resources migratory game bird program coordinator.

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Senator Mike Lee Responds to President Biden’s Address to Congress in Interview

Utah Senator Mike Lee took time out for the citizens of the Uintah Basin on Friday in an interview on Newstalk AM920 KVEL. President Biden’s address to Congress last week outlined his plans for nearly $6 trillion dollars in spending toward COVID relief, an Infrastructure Plan, and the American Families Plan.

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Purchase Final, Uintah School District Moving Into New Building This Summer

Uintah School District announced Friday that the district’s purchase of the BHI building and property in Naples is complete. According to the announcement, the district purchased 26,668 square feet of offices, meeting rooms and storage space; 28,875 square feet of heated indoor bus storage; additional shop space for district vehicles; and 11 acres of property for $9,794,780 dollars which came from the district’s Capital Outlay Fund.

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Outlaw Trail Theater Announces 2021 Summer Show; Auditions This Week

For those invested in local community theater, the big question for the last 6 months has been what’s the Outlaw Trail Theater summer show going to be?!? Months into 2021 and just as hope was fading, a show announcement came through and auditions announced.

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Uintah Middle Schools Hosting Virtual Music Night Tonight

The music teachers at Uintah and Vernal Middle Schools are inviting all students, parents and guardians to a Virtual Music Night tonight to learn about opportunities for students in band, choir, and orchestra next school year. This night is for all students who will be attending VMS or UMS next year and their parents/guardians.

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DWR Reminds Public to Watch for Inspection Stations

It’s that time of year! Utah Division of Wildlife Resources conservation officers will be conducting administrative checkpoints during busy boating weekends throughout the summer. They examine boats to ensure the drain plugs have been removed and have not been reinstalled.

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Ute Indian Tribe and State of Utah Formalize Agreement Concerning Ute Children

The Ute Indian Tribe announced in a press release that on April 22nd the Ute Indian Tribe Business Committee formally approved an Intergovernmental Agreement with the State of Utah to memorialize the mutual commitment of the Ute Indian Tribe of the Uintah and Ouray Reservation and the State of Utah, by and through their respective governmental agencies of Ute Family Services and Utah’s Licensing, Division of Child and Family Services, to work together to establish joint policies and procedures pursuant to the Indian Child Welfare Act to protect Ute Indian children...

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This Week at TriCounty Health Department

This week at TriCounty Health Department: COVID-19 vaccinations continue to be offered but the COVID shootout drive through vaccination events are over. Those interested in getting the COVID-19 vaccination will just need to call the health department to schedule an appointment to get the vaccine.

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First Responders Join Lapoint Elementary’s Annual Walk to School Day

Lapoint Elementary set an example of healthy living last week. Uintah School District shared that Thursday's beautiful spring weather provided the perfect backdrop for students, family, community members and local first responders to join Lapoint Elementary staff in the school's annual Walk to School Day.

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Uintah County Encourages Community Involvement in Downtown Vernal Planning

Uintah County issued a press release last week stating that the county is pleased to be a partner and support Vernal City with their Downtown Revitalization Planning Process. “Uintah County participates on the committee and is an active participant in the process.

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